Noted danseuse and Aam Aadmi Party member Mallika Sarabhai, who unsuccessfully contested against BJP patriarch L. K. Advani in 2009, does not want to enter the fray this time as she feels apparently ignored in the Arvind Kejriwal-led party. “No one from AAP has ever contacted me,” Ms. Sarabhai told PTI.
When asked if she would contest as an Independent candidate if AAP denies her a ticket, Mallika replied in the negative. “No, I will not contest as an independent and I don’t want to contest at all,” she said.
Mallika, who was earlier associated with anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare’s Jan Lokpal movement, joined AAP on January 8.
Soon after joining the party she criticised AAP leader Kumar Vishwas and asked the party leadership to spell out its stand on Mr. Vishwas’ comments on Narendra Modi.
Mallika said she did not complain to Mr. Kejriwal about not being contacted. “I have not spoken to Arvind Kejriwal,” she said.
An AAP worker, when contacted, said Mallika was kept out of Mr. Kejriwal’s recent “fact finding” tour of Gujarat. “Kejriwal just had a brief meeting with Mallika Sarabhai at a book-release event which lasted for maximum two minutes,” he said on condition of anonymity.
However, AAP state convener Sukhdev Patel dismissed the issue saying, “A party worker is never invited... He or she should get involved pro-actively,” he said.
Mallika, however, clarified that she will continue to be with AAP and wants the party to succeed in polls.